I have worked with rediculously low budgets more times than I can count. Given the economic downturn, this has proven to be an effective way for my business to stay afloat. Rather than put a whole crew together, many times I have to do everything myself to guarantee I will actually make a profit. This production mentality has been a crucial requirement for my freind Tuakatea Tukuaoga and I. He also has a very limited amount of money which requires him to write, perform, and produce all of his music out of his home studio by himself. In a way we are a match made in heaven banging out complete music videos for less than $500 each time. Between him and I, we can cover all bases and make cool, simple Samoan music videos that his culture loves and endeers.
This is my favorite video with Tau. We shot the family scenes in my living room and all of the outdoor scenes near San Gregario off of Highway 1.
This video shoot was fun because Tau decided to write a rap song which is very different. It combines rap and christian song into a interesting hybrid mesh. I thought it would be cool to shoot in areas where there was alot of grafitti. We shot the video in different parts of San Francisco.
This was the first video Tau and I ever did together. I brought my 4500 watt generator with us to shoot the cool sequences by the Golden Gate Bridge at dawn. I also experimented with underexposure alot in this video. This one is one of my favorites.
This is Tau's only song that is completely in English thus far. We shot the entire thing in his home studio.